Tekken pro Anakin schools Barstool Sports in the craziest way - Dexerto

Tekken pro Anakin schools Barstool Sports in the craziest way

Published: 19/Sep/2019 23:37 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 0:02

by Isaac McIntyre


Hoa ‘Anakin’ Luu has proven why he’s one of the best Tekken stars in the world, dominating Barstool Sports’ host Adam ‘Smitty’ Smith in multiple rounds while handicapping himself heavily in the process.

Anakin, who is currently ranked number two on the World Tour standings, joined Smitty on the Barstool Sports broadcast to talk about his history with Bandai Namco Entertainment’s fighting game, and how he’s remained relevant late into his 20s.

While chatting the pair had a few games, and Anakin proved that his decade of professional experience hasn’t been wasted – he donned a blindfold, locked in Jack-7, and went to work.

The battle itself didn’t look like anything too flashy, as Smitty came to grips with his character, while Anakin seemed to be working off just the sound of the game and his extensive knowledge of reach distances, move resets, and more.

Anakin made short work of Smitty’s Panda choice, delivering a quick 3-0 in the Jack-7 vs Panda matchup. The pain wasn’t over for Barstool Sports’ host, however, as the rank-two star reminded him tournament rules was first to two match victories.

“Might have to turn him around,” the broadcast presenter said, seemingly dejected that he’d suffered a clean sweep in the first match. He even threw a few light jabs Anakin’s way to see if he could see through the blindfold. The Tekken pro didn’t even react.

He even jokingly accused the Barstool producers of handicapping him further, after he realized the announcer wasn’t saying anything between rounds.

“Did I win again? He’s [the announcer] not letting me know ‘Round 2, Fight,’ Round 3, Fight.’ It’s like you guys have it muted to make it harder. I just hear a bear dying, and I have to assume,” the Radiance star laughed.

Slapping around a stunned Smitty without sight wasn’t the only thing Anakin did during the broadcast, however. The 28-year-old also spoke about his past with the game, and revealed he first started playing sometime between 10 and 11, when his father would take him to arcades. 

Nearly a decade later, the American superstar clinched top spot at the MLG Pro Circuit event in Dallas. Nine years after that, he’s still placing among the top ranks of major tournaments.

Most recently, the Jack-7 player finished top three at the 2019 EVO Championship Series, only finishing behind title winner Arslan ‘Arslan Ash’ Siddique and two-time EVO champion Jae-Min ’Knee’ Bae. He was eliminated 3-2 by Knee in the lower bracket final.

Anakin’s total domination proves he’s more than deserving of his current top-two ranking. And now, who knows? He’s shown he’s happy doing fun Tekken streams – maybe we’ll see him playing blindfolded against T-Pain in full Leroy Smith cosplay soon enough.


EVO 2020 game lineup revealed: Smash Ultimate, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, more

Published: 5/Feb/2020 4:15

by Andrew Amos


Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is making a surprise return to the fighting game mecca, Evolution Championship Series (EVO), in 2020, with Smash Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V headlining the major event.

Fighting game fans rejoice, fan favorite franchise Marvel vs. Capcom will be making a return to EVO alongside a host of usual mainstays in 2020.

The popular franchise was announced as a major event at EVO 2020 during the game lineup presentation on February 4, alongside eight other titles.

Smash Ultimate will once again be appearing at EVO, as well as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While these tournaments shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, players can now stop holding their breath in case something completely crazy was on the cards.

The 22nd rendition of the major fighting game event will also see the return of Soulcalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, and Under Night In-Birth from 2019’s event.

Marvel vs. Capcom’s inclusion after a three-year absence comes as a surprise to the game’s most dedicated players, including Justin Wong. “Wait MVC2,” he said on Twitter. “They didn’t tell me I’m in this tourney until just now.”

The franchise will be making a return as a special eight-player invite-only tournament, Wong included, and it will be the Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s first appearance at EVO since 2010.

Its inclusion does mean that one other major franchise was snubbed from EVO 2020 — Mortal Kombat 11. After the series made a return to EVO in 2019, it will be gone just as quickly as it came, with the game not included in the final list of nine.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has also been removed from the games list, with the franchise not featuring at EVO 2020. It’s the first time a BlazBlue game won’t be at EVO since 2016. Instead, it will be replaced by the yet-to-be-released Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

The latest game in the Granblue Fantasy franchise will be released in North America on March 3, giving players around five months to prep for the big event.

While not listed on the official event line-up, EVO will also play host to the opening tournament of Guilty Gear Strive. The latest release in the franchise is expected to hit shelves later in the year, but fans can get their first taste of the title at EVO 2020 in a preview tournament.

EVO 2020 will kick off in Las Vegas on July 31 and will run until August 2.

EVO 2020 game line-up

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Guilty Gear Strive (Preview)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Tekken 7
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]